Chicago police boost mass transit presence amid crime spike

CHICAGO (AP) — A spike in crime on Chicago’s rail system and some recent high profile outbursts of violence has prompted the city’s police department to put 50 more officers in trains and on platforms and assign four detectives to investigate nothing but Chicago Transit Authority crimes, officials announced Friday.

Hours after the new security plan was unveiled, Chicago police said an officer shot a man on the platform of a CTA station in the Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Officers confronted the man after he was observed moving from car to car of a moving train, a city ordinance violation, said Deputy Superintendent Barbara West.

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